A few years ago Dr. Scott DeHart and I published a book titled Transhumanism: A Grimoire of Alchemical Agendas, in which we argued that there seemed to be a parallel between old forms of alchemy and the transhumanist agenda, manifest in the latter's attempt to crawl back up the alchemical ladder from animal, to vegetable, to mineral, and finally, to androgynous man. This would be accomplished, in the first two cases, by genetic engineering of chimerical combinations of human and animal DNA, and human and plant DNA, and in the third case, by attempting the direct merger or fusion of human and machine. The fourth - androgynous man - possibly being in evidence in the current fad "gender" engineering and all of its associated implications we've seen all too well manifest in social engineering of language, "hormone" therapies,  and so on.

In this article shared by W.G., it would appear that one agenda regarding the third rung in that alchemical ladder, that of the return to "mineral man" might have a military component:

Army researchers developing “biohybrid” combat robots using living tissue

The reasons given for this research are that real muscles are much more capable of subtlety of movement:

In a move seemingly straight out of a science fiction movie, the U.S. Army is now working on robots that combine living tissue with machines.

A team at the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is working on “biohybrid robotics” that integrate living tissue into mechanical systems in a manner that produces “never-before-seen” agility and versatility.

While much progress has been made in the field of robotics, current systems still lack the precision and agility seen in biological systems in nature. The ARL’s project is looking to utilize biological components to give robots the same agility and precision that muscles offer for biological systems.

“Today’s robot’s primary limitation is power, strength and versatility” explains ARL research scientist Dean Culver. “They can perform limited tasks for a certain amount of time. But it’s not really on the order of magnitude that an organism can do the same thing. We still don’t have robots that can go into an unknown space and adapt to what they sense. These are all ultimately problems that we feel that either a bio-hybrid or a bioinspired engineering design can tackle.” (Emphasis added)

As usual, I have my own high octane speculations, or rather in this case, suspicions, about what this push might be for. The first and most obvious that springs to mind is, of course, the idea of "super-soldiers".  In our Transhumanism book, Dr. DeHart and I pointed out that some of the more bizarre research being conducted by the Diabolically Apocalyptic Research Projects Agency (which is how we refer to DARPA on this site) included studies of dolphins, which creatures never sleep. Apparently, one half of a dolphin's brain sleeps while the other half "takes over". The reason for the research? Imagine soldiers requiring much less rest during military operations. It's well known that during the Second World War, particularly prior to the Battle for France and later Operation Barbarossa, German soldiers were given doses of amphetamine to allow them to keep up a pace of operations that the Western Allies and the Soviet Union were simply not prepared for. A "dolphinized" soldier would be far superior to "soldiers on speed" in terms of carrying out a rapid pace of operations, because they would require no sleep, and no drugs (with all their attendant after effects and implicit dangers of addiction and so on).

The second thing, less obvious, is space, not only in terms of being able to explore rough (or underground) terrain, but also in terms of being able to fight whatever (or whomever) might be encountered. I've blogged previously about the use of this type of robot-human cyborg actually being touted by some scientists as a necessity to a permanent "human" presence in space. For this body of thought, an "unmodified" or "unimproved" human being simply is not fit for any long-term space presence.

Or to put that point differently, that third rung of the alchemical ladder which appears to be operative in transhumanism, the fusion of man and machine, has also penetrated the thinking of some scientists and technicians involved in deep space exploration and colonization.

Or to put it even more succinctly, space is being made into a transhumanist playground.

See you on the flip side...

Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. Richard on January 29, 2021 at 4:19 am

    This business of “transhumanism” and that which is related to it sometimes seems more of a moot point for the sake of brainstorming for ideas by those that lost any idea of what got them started down this track. Sure hope they’re looking both ways for lights coming towards themselves as they count the rail ties no matter which direction they chose.

    Nature has had a start with a bio-mechanical like advantage some time ago. For instance, the plant-hopper or Issus coleoptratus, actually has interlocking gear shaped structures within its hind (jumping) legs.
    Apparently, not only do these geared leg accoutrements synchronize but they give a considerable mechanical advantage to the insect for plant hopping. In a sense this insect has a merging of living tissue and bio constructed mechanical actuators by Nature. From that frame of reference, it isn’t anything new of such merging an upright simian type suggests being constructed. They’re merely trying to mimic Nature’s way. Who’s one kidding eh, with some of the less than benign goals of augmentation.

  2. zendogbreath on January 28, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    Please let us know how it goes Doc,
    South Dakota Democrats will bring forward a bill Thursday asking for a statewide mask mandate to the legislature.
    studies from 2004-2020 all finding verifiable health effects from wearing a face mask, including scientifically verified reduction is blood oxygen level:

    • Robert Barricklow on January 28, 2021 at 11:09 pm

      What happened to common sense?

      • OrigensChild on January 29, 2021 at 8:40 am

        Gone. Common sense is so uncommon, one would be surprised to find it anywhere.

    • OrigensChild on January 29, 2021 at 8:42 am

      We can now demonstrate that medical malpractice performed for political reasons is no longer illegal. When done for the dispatch or achievement of a political outcome any medical malpractice is now considered a legal political weapon.

      • Robert Barricklow on January 29, 2021 at 11:12 am

        Loved it!
        Malpractice has been weaponized.

        Walk in the front door.
        Out the body-bag back-door.

        All for your safety, of course.

  3. marcos toledo on January 28, 2021 at 8:02 pm

    This meme has been kicked around for millennia of which Frankenstein at the beginning of the nineteenth century began to make such a creation possible. The Terminator series is just the latest SyFy version of this idiot dream.

  4. Ron Kersey on January 28, 2021 at 4:41 pm

    “Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? …”
    Psalm 2:1-12

  5. Terminal Tom on January 28, 2021 at 4:22 pm

    certainly opened a can of worms with that one…..

  6. OrigensChild on January 28, 2021 at 2:02 pm

    Honestly, I am getting a distinct vibe for the character “David”, as an archetype of the modern scientist in the newest Alien franchise comprised of the movies Prometheus and Covenant. In this series, the cyborg begins to experiment on the species who created him to ascend the ladder of intelligence by becoming “the Creator” to a whole new species. In other words, Lucifer’s wager in a reboot with genetic alchemy playing the starring role. As a parable the implications are interesting, no matter how you parse the parable in whatever philosophical or theological tradition in which you want to place it. After examining these carefully, you will find “David” peruses ancient human texts (some of happen to be Sumerian) and mythological themes. And, he is experimenting not only on homo sapiens sapiens, but upon those ancients builders who were responsible for the race’s existence. “David” reaches a singularity in his development to become “Creator”–without emotion, without remorse, without moral distinctions or commitments. He is looking for the perfect EBE to become his creation. His path includes the mineral element without robotics, AI or digital augmentation.

    • Robert Barricklow on January 29, 2021 at 11:26 am

      Great series that does follow certain aspects of an ancient script.
      Wannabe Gods and the androgynous ladder are in plain sight.

      Trying to unravel your last remark[last sentence]?

      • OrigensChild on January 29, 2021 at 1:25 pm

        David’s path for the “perfect” EBE does not include any artificial intelligence, robotics or digital augmentation of the biology. He is hybridizing these functions using carbon, silicon and other materials in a biological way. Now, as for himself, he embodies at least two of the three–which makes one wonder if David is attempting to create his own “slave race” for interstellar conquest and rule. Sorry, but had too many interruptions during composition, had to post quickly, and the post fell into the ubiquitous “awaiting moderation” pit over a word. (Yes, I do know which one it is but I particularly care to side-step that little editing feature. it is a pain but affords Joseph an opportunity to moderate just the same.) I would love to see an edit feature to clean this stuff up.

        • Robert Barricklow on January 29, 2021 at 11:52 pm

          Love it when someone comes up w/an analyses/idea that goes deep into a territory I hadn’t even thought of exploring!

        • Richard on January 30, 2021 at 2:02 am

          Had been wondering what was in several posts that were lost recently due to a moderation blip. Still have them and there are no vile words or descriptions among what was stopped, either. Just typical dictionary words from experience. However, there was a change in the format on the site into what is now, in the interim. Good thing they are not my losses. Back up works wonders and saves a lot of time with time stamps.

          One thing that is out of control are network sniffers interrupting display activity that ultimately translates into CPU clock cycle timing blips. Very noticeable, too. One has hypotheses many.

    • Richard on January 30, 2021 at 1:59 am

      Who’s David or which David or maybe what David?

  7. Roger on January 28, 2021 at 1:27 pm

    The hundreds of newly created Gender identities will soon make more sense if they begin to roll out thousands of bio-mechanical chimera varieties. No advance exotic lifeforms occupying habitable planets in other solar systems, no problem. We will just seed them with endless varieties tailor made for each world’s peculiar environments and our artistic fancy. We will enhance the Universe with endless varieties of higher consciousness beings if it doesn’t yet have them. This will be one way to experience a Star Trek/Star Wars potential. If it doesn’t already exist; create it!

  8. Roger on January 28, 2021 at 1:05 pm

    A fake alien invasion just isn’t complete without bio-mechanical engineered fake aliens. Plus after using them to get rid of the deplorables they can be put to work mining asteroids, farming, and manufacturing. Don’t have to worry about them revolting because they are MK-ultrad and programmed only for specific tasks and the thoughts needed for those tasks. But just encase something goes wrong remote control safety shut off switches can be implanted in their brains. The part plant ones will be perfect for Mar’s carbon dioxide atmosphere. Maybe cold loving and tolerant lichen genetics for Mars temperatures as well?

    • RJ on January 31, 2021 at 3:06 am

      “A fake alien invasion just isn’t complete without bio-mechanical engineered fake aliens. ” LOLOLOL comment of this blog post lolol

  9. anakephalaiosis on January 28, 2021 at 12:42 pm

    An oath sworn by Year is incorruptible, as it cannot be altered, only suppressed. Year is the idea of eternal return (religō) in man.

    Life – fall – death – rise.

    Man, created in the image of Year, balances seasonal fluctuations, quintessentially. That is man’s soul, in the center of Year’s circle.

    Summer – fall – winter – spring.

    That is why pope Satan seeks to burn Notre Dame, because of its rose window, that stipulates “man in the circle”.

    Year’s creation is God’s creation, in heathenry.

    Perpetual spiral fugue contrapunctus is Jacob’s Ladder, the compass timekeeper, the stairway to heaven, by Time Lord Abraham, in Doctor Who.

  10. Robert Barricklow on January 28, 2021 at 12:37 pm

    You can’t engineer a fighting spirit into a robot[IMO]
    onto the post…

    Your analyses of climbing back up the androgynous alchemical ladder is right in sync w/the environment being expressed in the policies actions surrounding current events.
    Are the survivors of the Cosmic War building the tower again;
    to do whatever the hell the war stopped them from doing?
    Or, trying get back to where “they” once belonged?
    [which would be “living”?]

    The article reminds me of a recent book by Ted Russ[academy/soldier]:
    Spirit of the Bayonet[The Okami Forward Trilogy].
    Future fighting military androids protecting space assets/resources.
    This novel takes place in the asteroid belt theatre.
    Their commanders are man/machine hybrids.

    Unfortunately, space becoming a transhumanist playground
    is an apt description of where “they” want to drive mankind.
    But, in reality; it wouldn’t be mankind.
    Perhaps, a better description world be:
    A Frankenstein/Dr. Moreau laboratory space asylum.

    In the book the author
    expanded the military’s kill chain – in space to:
    Agreements codified for a human anchored kill chain.
    Also, the augmented human had a radically compressed kill chain time w/very low error rates. “they’re” leading us down the wrong path. It’s not the kill chain we want to extend…, It’s the ethos of the American soldier.

    One of the humorous themes the author complained about was:
    No one knew; at all, how to fight anymore – w/o a joystick!

    The technology ends up only isolating us more…

    • roastedandsalted on January 31, 2021 at 4:42 pm

      it sounds like different form of over population to me.

  11. Billy Bob on January 28, 2021 at 9:37 am

    If the current pace of knowledge investment and investigation keeps going we mean end up finding out all of us are really robots.

  12. Timo Beil on January 28, 2021 at 8:43 am

    SciFi formulated this quite well. Bruce Sterlings “Schismatrix” shows, that people living in radically different environments necessarily split the species in several sub-sspecies, which can not reproduce amngst them. If you want it a bit more easily, watch the ffirst episode of The Expanse.

    • Richard on January 29, 2021 at 4:42 am

      The writer of that Sci-Fi script seems to have done some deep diving into the anthropomorphic realm of Being. Living environment has a great deal to do with species interaction and adaptation as well as its successful progression in an environment. Behavioral science continues to recognize human and animal similarities tied to similar environmental conditions.
      One of the requirements for writer’s of science fiction is that they research their intended work for plausibility to be believable and entertaining in the mind of the interested reader.

      • zendogbreath on February 2, 2021 at 5:03 pm

        You might like Crichton.

  13. GDP Index Economy - It's TIME on January 28, 2021 at 8:17 am

    While processing in at the US Army Electronic Proving Grounds in Fort Huachuca Arizona, the early 1990’s, one of the scientists made it a point to tell me that he and his son planned on placing electronic chips in the human brain – “coincidentally”. From time to time, one of the usually unused gates was opened and that area cleared of traffic. Memory serves… Dr. Stephen Greer of Sirius Disclosure has stated that some of the wreckage from the Roswell crash (s) was sent to Fort Huachuca…

    • zendogbreath on January 28, 2021 at 10:27 pm

      What is Huachuca’s primary use?

      • GDP Index Economy - It's TIME on January 29, 2021 at 10:18 am

        The major tenant units are the United States Army Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM) and the United States Army Intelligence Center (USAICoE).

  14. Galaxygirl on January 28, 2021 at 6:57 am

    According to investigative journalists lik e Linda Moultom Howe, most of the gray aliens iare artificial beings made by others, so we humans would just be joining the “exploring space with artificially intelligent beings” club.

    • Roger on January 28, 2021 at 12:45 pm

      Grays, if not from an alternative timeline and made by someone, my bet would be they were made by the Nazis. Genetically engineered pilots that can withstand high G forces and survive high levels of radiation required for their Nazi Bell.

      • Roger on January 28, 2021 at 1:48 pm

        Probably why Wernher Magnus Maximilian Freiherr von Braun chuckled about alien threat coming after asteroid threats. He knew a branch of his people already created them specifically for the unique requirements of the Nazi Bell. Now was it from his current generation’s secret knowledge gleaned from years of secret scientific medical experiments, or something visitors from another dimension gifted them with to specifically conquer the world for some unknown future agenda? Might not even be actual visitors to our dimension but a secret means of communications discovered by early scientists and experimenters in electronic communications that allow them to learn new technology from communicating with others from some place else. Psychic communications with such might just be a smoke screen to keep others from discovering how it is really done. That way those in the know can have a monopoly on all this alien knowledge and capability.

        • Roger on January 28, 2021 at 1:58 pm

          Now what if through these potential inter-dimensional communications the knowledge to down load consciousness has already been shared and is only recently getting built and mastered? “If you build it they will come.” takes on a whole new meaning. Build them a bio-mechanical body to their specifications and then “THEY” can down load themselves from wherever they are in the Universe or Multiverses into our world. They may promise it is to aid us, but it could also be to take and colonies our world as well.

          • zendogbreath on January 28, 2021 at 6:48 pm

            Cmon Roger. When has an empire ever colonized eithout the intent to help?

          • OrigensChild on January 29, 2021 at 9:13 pm

            Roger and ZDB: Could we summarize the idea as “empires always seek to help others by helping themselves to their resources and, in return, teaching them the rudiments of the invading civilizations’ culture, technology and ideology.” It is perhaps the oldest cosmic con ever.

          • zendogbreath on February 2, 2021 at 4:58 pm

            OC, a mentor I had decades ago was one of the crookedest guys I ever knew. It was sport for him. Brought his 10 yr old daughter to werk once. Cowerkers gave her candy. He scammed her for it. Took her a minute but she got it. She was sharp for 10. Talked later with him. Besides his enjoyment he was proud of that training and her growing discernment.

            Along those lines is old story of old guru on mountain top pestered by kid wanting enlightenment. Story goes on with repeated trips up mtn n repeated traumatic tasks completed that profit guru. Until student gets fed up and tells off guru. At which point guru says there ya go. Ur enlughtened.

            Me? I want better paths.

        • RJ on January 31, 2021 at 3:12 am

          Which foundation are we here in on under over flat hollow hologram planet earth?? Hari Seldon sent 2 out just in case no?

    • zendogbreath on January 28, 2021 at 6:52 pm

      Reminds me. I saw GQ Chewbacca jake angeli on a 1 hr rant last night via project camelot? He was playing a long eant on every conspiacy topic ever made blackwashing everyone who has looked at anything other rhan disney approved media.

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